The power of exercise

Submitted by Hillary on Fri, 10/13/2006 - 1:00am.

Back in March when I started my getting fit plan, adding in exercise was a burden.  I’d stumble home from the gym, or upstairs from the basement where I do my exercise videos, red faced, exhausted and sore.    My muscles would actually shake when I was finished.  And yet bit by bit, I started to get better at exercising.  It started taking longer for my heart rate to go up.  I could work harder and harder, and got progressively less wobbly at the end.  And somewhere along the way, I actually started looking forward to working out.  Most of the time, anyway. 

Take today.  I had a very long day that started out with a hideous traffic jam that doubled the length of my morning commute and caused me to miss a 9 am meeting.  Once I finally got to work, I had two back to back conference calls.  They were followed by meetings at one pm and two pm, and on top of that, I had a whole day’s worth of work to do.  I was seriously stressed out, and I got hung up at work and didn’t get out in time to go to my Thursday night yoga class.  So instead I came home and did one of my videos, and afterwards my stress had faded and life was about a million times better.   I’m not sure when the switch happened, but it’s nice to have gone from telling myself that exercise would make life better to actually seeing how exercise is making my life better.